Gibbs Law Group is investigating the cases of women who took Zoloft while pregnant and whose children were born with severe birth defects. Studies show that taking Zoloft during pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects, especially if taken during the third trimester.
Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women who allege that their use of Zoloft during pregnancy resulted in congenital defects to their newborns. Individual Zoloft birth-defect lawsuits were consolidated in April 2012 into multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.
Zoloft and pregnancy
The National Institute of Health has estimated that between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women will suffer from depressive disorders while pregnant. Many of these women are prescribed Zoloft and other antidepressant drugs. Studies indicate that taking Zoloft and other sertraline-containing antidepressant drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk of certain birth defects, including:
- Craniosynostosis: a birth defect that impacts the formation of a baby’s skull
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN): a serious condition that occurs when a baby’s circulatory system does not adapt to breathing outside of the womb
- Spina Bifida: a condition that occurs when vertebrae overlying the spinal cord do not fully form and remain open after birth
- Congenital Heart Defects: a variety of birth abnormalities that impact the heart or the blood vessels near the heart
Speak with a Zoloft birth defects attorney
If your child suffers from birth injuries as a result of your use of Zoloft during pregnancy, our personal injury attorneys are interested in speaking with you. For a free and confidential consultation, fill out the form on the right or call toll-free (866) 981-4800.